Eve Van der Perre
Birth & Postpartum Doula, Chiropractor, currently working towards
becoming an International Board Certified Lactation Consultant (IBCLC).
‘I worked with Eve mainly during my postpartum period
and it was one of the best deductions I’ve made.
We often focus a lot on the birth and forget the after period.
I certainly thought: “postpartum doula? What for?”
Until I got home from the hospital with my baby girl
and realised I had no clue.
Eve provided compassionate and loving care, guidance
and support. She was also a grounded presence
that accompanied me as I navigated the turbulent
early days of being a new mom and having a baby.
Her visits would put me at ease and instilled me with confidence.
I highly recommend her’
I ♥ being a Doula because...
women are incredible,
and capable of more than they realise!
cannot say enough about the power of Eve.
We had an incredible natural birthing experience,
due to Eve’s commitment, sensitivity and patience as a doula.
She listened to our wishes with an open heart, and translated
our desires into reality. She has a knack for understanding
the depths of people and relationships, and translates
that understanding into a fully supported experience.
She is an incredible professional
– being a doula comes naturally to her.
Doula Eve Van Der Perre
Birth & Postpartum Doula (2017); Chiropractor (2010); currently working towards becoming an International Board Certified Lactation Consultant (IBCLC).
I spend most of my time trying to keep up with our El Niño (our curly-haired force-of-nature toddler) who does everything fast and fearlessly!
When I get the chance I love reading and travel, ideally done together!I’m also obsessed with horribly healthy-tasting green smoothies and terribly spicy food!
I ♥ being a Doula because women are incredible, and capable of more than they realise! I love seeing women coming into their own as they become mothers for the first time or take back their power through a better birth. I strongly believe that women, and the families around them, deserve to feel protected, respected and nurtured as they birth and raise their children.
Experience: Low risk vaginal births (with and without pain relief and medical interventions; water births; home births); High risk vaginal births (VBAC; vaginal breech births); and cesarean sections.
"Women are incredible, capable of more than they realise. They, and the families around them, deserve to feel protected, respected and nurtured as they birth and raise their children"
- Eve Van der Perre
Pursuit of a natural and drug free birth
In our pursuit of a natural and drug free birth for our first child, we decided to engage a doula to support us through what we knew would be a challenging and intimidating journey for us. We are so thankful to have Eve as our birth doula, who had been so encouraging and assuring with her wealth of knowledge since the very start. She made sure to go through our birth plan carefully during the prenatals, helped us revisit the Spinning Babies exercises and psyched us up mentally for our baby's arrival. She was an absolute godsend during my 26 hour labour, her calming voice and gentle touches kept me on top of my breath when I was losing strength and will to push through. She advocated strongly for our wishes in the labour ward to make sure I was birthing right, even if it didn't sit so well with the nurses on shift and I really appreciated her firm stance in working with them that helped us keep true to our birth plan. It was with her constant reassurance and unwavering support that I birthed our baby without any interventions, and it had been the most empowering experience for me as a woman. Eve continued to support me postpartum with breastfeeding, which was unexpectedly overwhelming, and was utmost patient with our multitude of questions as first time parents. What I appreciated most was how she helped me to normalise all those negative feelings I had after the birth, as I had to deal with the hormones, uncertainty of caring for a newborn, pain of breastfeeding and onslaught of comments from well-meaning family members and friends, which helped to keep the postnatal depression at bay. We were glad that we could also trust in her chiropractic expertise for our baby, as she had tongue tie and side preference which impacted on breastfeeding. 6 months on, we have a fulfilling and enjoyable breastfeeding relationship and we definitely have Eve to thank for her wonderful support throughout this journey.
We count our lucky stars
We count our lucky stars we decided to use a doula and went to Four Trimesters, just a few days before I had my first
baby. We trusted Ginny immediately after meeting her and she was so accommodating in setting us up with Eve
quickly and thank goodness she did. It was a swift labour and Eve was invaluable, from calling the doctor in time
(neither my husband or myself had the presence of mind to do so!) to helping me stick to my intention of having a drug
free birth when I thought my resolve was weakening. She was a precious source of support and insight in the first
weeks. She guided us with so many things that seemed so foreign to new parents but most importantly with breast
feeding issues and dealing with an acute case of mastitis. In other circumstances I may have had to stop
breastfeeding and I am eternally grateful that wasn’t the case. These kinds of obstacles are allconsuming in those
beautiful early days and having Eve as our doula made everything so much smoother and less daunting, we’d
absolutely recommend her and the Four Trimesters team to anyone looking to remember their pre and post natal
experiences as joyful ones..
At first, I was skeptical that I could have a “beautiful birth,” mostly because I never thought labor could involve
anything less than medieval amounts of blood, agony and terrorall under fluorescent lights and atop a hard surface.
Eve of Four Trimesters proved me wrong.
I didn’t get around to enlisting her help until I was pretty far along, maybe around 34 weeks. Undeterred, Eve assured
me that it “wasn’t too late.” With her gentle and intuitive coaching, I started to ask myself what I wanted my birth to be
like. I never had any illusions that it would be painfree (it wasn’t). However, with Eve’s support, I was able to prepare
for the signals of labor, navigate through the pain and control my response. I consulted Eve as I tracked my
contractions and she encouraged me to go to the hospital just in the nick of time.
I arrived at the hospital at 9:30 p.m. and my beautiful baby girl was born at 11:19 p.m.
After the delivery, with Eve’s sturdy advocacy, I was able to spend nearly two, blissful hours chesttochest with my
newborn baby. In Hong Kong, where my son was born, it was a matter of minutes. I’m 100% positive that the
exercises she taught me, the conceptual preparation and the emotional support made a smooth, drugfree birth a
Pulling through without drugs was important for me. I was wary of epidurals after some complications with my son’s
birth, which left me with nerve damage in my foot. While I recovered after a few months, I couldn’t shake the feeling
that it was all avoidable. I can’t say enough how much better I felt after this drugfree birth: I was “present” during the
delivery (with the epidural, I didn’t even know when to push!) and the recovery was a matter of days versus weeks. If I
could, I would stand atop a mountain and declare my gratitude to Eve for making this possible.
I cannot say enough about the power of Eve
I cannot say enough about the power of Eve. We had an incredible natural birthing experience, due to
Eve’s commitment, sensitivity and patience as a doula. She listened to our wishes with an open heart,
and translated our desires into reality. She has a knack for understanding the depths of people and
relationships, and translates that understanding into a fully supported experience. She is an incredible
professional – being a doula comes naturally to her.
I had no clue
‘I worked with Eve mainly during my postpartum period and it was one of the best deductions I’ve made.
We often focus a lot on the birth and forget the after period. I certainly thought: “postpartum doula? What
for?” Until I got home from the hospital with my baby girl and realised I had no clue.
Eve provided compassionate and loving care, guidance and support. She was also a grounded
presence that accompanied me as I navigated the turbulent early days of being a new mom and having
a baby. Her visits would put me at ease and instilled me with confidence. I highly recommend her’
There for us when we had a question
Before we came to fourtrimesters we never heard of a doula. In our home country everything is organized differently. When we first heard of doula services we thought we might save those bucks and do everything on our own. I can't remember what exactly changed our mind, but those bucks were well spent and I would love to have a doula with us when we get our next baby.
Whenever I get asked how our son's birth was I always laugh and say: "Well, you don't plan for 30h labor. But my husband and doula were absolutely wonderful and I feel good with how everything turned out to be."
Eve was always there for us when we had a question. When we prepared for birth with her we got to know each other and discussed how we envisioned labor and what we would prefer in case Plan A doesn't work. When labor started I was calm because I knew that whatever happens, we are prepared.
During labor Eve helped me to stay calm, remember how to breath, change positions, did the spinning babies,... she was really great. But not only did she help me. She was also there for my husband and supported him. When our son was finally there Eve helped us to get setteled and made sure we were alright before she left to get well earned rest.
In the following days and weeks she helped me with breastfeeding, checked in on us and answered all our questions.
If you ask me- I can only recommend fourtrimesters and having a doula by your side.
Andrea & Christoph with little Tobias
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